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Donovan Hohn

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Donovan Hohn is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and a 2010 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. His work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Outside, among other publications. Moby-Duck, his first book, was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Prize for Excellence in Journalism and runner-up for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. A former features editor of GQ and contributing editor of Harper’s, Hohn is now a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he has begun work on a second book.

The 'Troublemaker' Scientist

From last summer, the feature I wrote for The New York Times Magazine about Marc Edwards, Flint's water crisis, and the role of science in the public sphere:

Near the railroad tracks on the outskirts of Flint, Mich., there is an old pump house, the walls of which have long served as a kind of communal billboard. The Block, people call it. People paint messages there — birthday wishes, memorials...
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“The imaginary child implied by the toys on exhibit in Hong Kong was impossible to reconcile with my actual child. I didn't think I'd like to meet the imaginary child they implied. That child was mad with contradictions. He was a machine-gun-toting, Chopin-playing psychopath with a sugar high and a short attention span.”
Donovan Hohn, Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them

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Haikufall Disney now has a Tv movie out about bath toys that end up in the middle of the movie. It sounded a lot like your book and thought it would be a fun recommendation for anyone with small kids to watch. Also it might get parents interested in reading your book.http://www.tvguide.com/news/lucky-duc...


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